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Posted on 07-06-2014

Summer is here and for many of us that means family vacations, outdoor sports, swimming, gardening and in general participating in more activities than we do during the winter.  Weekend warriors are at a risk of suffering from back  or neck pain,mainly because we are using muscles that may have been dormant most of the winter and are not as flexible as they should be.

Usually back and neck strains are the most common injuries that occur from the sudden stretching of muscles and tendons .  Sometimes you may immediately feel a sudden pull or sharp pain in the injured area.  Other times it may take a day before you do something trivial such as dry your legs after a shower and feel a sharp pain in the back or neck.

The first thing to do when you feel this pain is to try to keep moving the best you can.  Don't stay in the position you felt the pain as this may cause immobility and further pain.  The best immediate treatment is to apply ice to the affected area.  Put ice in a cloth that is wet and apply for 10-15 minutes and then remove for 45 minutes.  Do this several times during the rest of the day.  This will help keep swelling to a minimum at the beginning stages of the injury.  The second most important thing to do is KEEP MOVING.  Do not rest in bed or on a couch.  This will promote  swelling of the area, increasing pain and therefore reducing mobility.  Any activity is better than resting.  Low back pain can become chronic without proper care.  At that point it becomes more difficult to treat. 

If you do these things right away you will decrease your chances of developing a longer term injury.  If you still feel pain after doing this routine consult Lupo Saladino Chiropractic for a consultation to determine if chiropractic can help your condition.

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